State baseball: Decorah advances to 3-A semifinals

State baseball: Decorah advances to 3-A semifinals

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State baseball: Decorah advances to 3-A semifinals

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Kyle Kane left Tuesday’s quarterfinal game waiting for a chance to come back.
When the sophomore returned seven innings later, he delivered.
Kane’s RBI single in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie as Decorah knocked off No.6 Benton of Van Horne 5-3 in nine innings during Tuesday’s Class3-A quarterfinal at Principal Park.
“I was just trying to put it hard in play on the ground and try to score the guy on third,” Kane said. “It ended up working out.”
The Vikings added another run in the inning and Blake Moen pitched the ninth to secure the win.
The victory sends the Vikings (27-10) to Friday’s semifinals.
Decorah, trailing 2-0 in the second inning, was in danger of allowing more runs when reliever Landon Ashbacher entered the game with one out and the bases loaded. The lefty ended the threat by getting Jacob German to bounce into a double play.
“I knew we were only down two runs and we had come back from two-run deficits before,” Ashbacher said. “We just had to keep battling.”
Ashbacher struck out eight and allowed just one run on five hits in 62/3 innings of relief to get the win.
When the lefty took the hill in the second inning, Kane, who was catching, left the game. He watched from the bench as his team took the lead in the fifth with a three-run rally.
Kane was still on the bench when Benton’s Jake Stenberg tied the score at 3-3 with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.
Iowa high school baseball rules allow players to leave a game and re-enter later. Kane came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
“I was just so happy that I got a chance to pinch-hit and come back in the game,” Kane said.
Mitch Moser was 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Benton (35-8).
Decorah 000 030 002–5 10 0
Benton 110 000 100–3 10 0
Lleading hitters-D: Jewell 2×4, Kvale 3×5; B: Stenberg 3×3, Moser 4×5. W-Ashbacher. L-Frese.

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